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Croome court with the chinese bridge and river early summer

Over the coming months, the National Trust's Director-General, Hilary McGrady, will fill us in on what she's been hearing from supporters at the member events she's hosting across the country, and share more insights. Hilary will be joined in this blog by other directors from the Trust with their latest news.

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9 Jan 2020

Hilary McGrady celebrates our 125th anniversary


Published: 9 January 2020

In 2020 we’re celebrating 125 years since the National Trust was founded, on 12 January 1895. As we mark this milestone anniversary, our Director-General, Hilary McGrady reflects on the last 125 years and announces our big ambitions and future commitments.

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25 Nov 2019

Ever thought of becoming a spade maker or bat surveyor?


Published: 25 November 2019

This month, we opened our doors to many young people for the Discover! Creative Careers event, and introduced them to all the weird and wonderful jobs at the National Trust. Our Director of People and Legal Services, Tina Lewis, reflects on the event and how a career with us can go in so many directions.

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24 Oct 2019

Super Saturday – all the news from our 2019 AGM


Published: 24 October 2019

It’s the week after the National Trust 2019 AGM on 19 October - our own 'Super Saturday' - and all feels calm, reflects Paul Boniface, Secretary of the National Trust, in our latest Director's blog.

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15 Oct 2019

Changing with the seasons


Published: 15 October 2019

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Culture and Engagement, talks about how the National Trust will approach autumnal celebrations in the future. There's a bigger focus on culture, heritage and storytelling - for everyone.

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29 Aug 2019

What we can take away from Countryfile Live 2019


Published: 29 August 2019

Our Director-General, Hilary McGrady, recently spoke at Countryfile Live about how the National Trust is adapting to the challenges faced as a result of climate change. Young people stand at the forefront of this, with a new wave of people acting to change the way we approach environmental issues.

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4 Jul 2019

Changing our investments to help the environment


Published: 4 July 2019

As Europe's largest conservation charity, we're committed to helping the UK achieve net zero emissions. That's why we have announced today that we're stopping investment in fossil fuel companies. Hilary McGrady, National Trust Director-General, tell us more about this decision.

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21 Jun 2019

Hilary hears from members at Croome Court


Published: 21 June 2019

National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady recently visited Croome Court in Worcestershire for a special members-only event. Hilary shares her thoughts on the day with us.

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